Registration for the 2017 Executive Leadership Conference for PAs and the 2017-2018 Leadership Academy for PAs is now closed. 

The 2018 Executive Leadership Conference for PAs will be held in November 2018. More information to come in Spring 2018.



What is ELC?

Brought to you by the AAPA Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) and Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, ELC is a conference that teaches leadership and personal development strategies. Catch up on timely tools and trends in healthcare business essentials – and much more.

Who should attend?

This conference is specifically designed for the PA leader and clinical administrator. Only PAs are eligible to attend ELC.

What will I learn?

During the course, you will:

  • Learn content that is relevant to many types of healthcare settings
  • See faculty and content from various disciplines with the focus on the PA as primary learner
  • Develop your management skills in areas of leadership, finance, recruitment and retention, performance management, and productivity
  • Network with a broad group of administrators, from early career to seasoned
  • Utilize case studies and problem-solving activities

CME Accreditation

The 2017 Executive Leadership Conference for PAs has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 15.25* AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

*Additional CME credit will be awarded for the optional Leadership Academy add-ons. Please refer to the “Optional Add-Ons” tab for CME accreditation information for the Leadership Academy for PAs.

Optional Add-Ons

Leadership Academy for PAs

A Professional Development Certificate Program in Leadership

The AAPA Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) and Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions will offer a Professional Development Certificate in Leadership entitled “Leadership Academy for PAs.”

As PAs, we are leaders within our organizations, whether large or small, clinical or administrative, in all varying specialties and lengths of experience. However, our traditional training programs lack leadership training and many of us learn these skills while on the job from our mentors or colleagues. ASU, together with CHLM, is offering this intensive training program, “Leadership Academy for PAs,” as a unique, focused training program to offer PAs a personalized learning journey to become stronger leaders. The Leadership Academy is led by experienced ASU faculty, alongside nationally revered executive coach, Becky Edmunds, from The Edmunds Group. Ms. Edmunds has coached hundreds of healthcare professionals from the early career to the C-suite professional and has more than three decades of experience working in the executive coaching field. Read Becky Edmunds’ full bio here.

The Leadership Academy will offer PAs a deep dive into the personal and organizational strategies and skills necessary to be effective leaders within their own organizations. It will also promote personal professional growth for the participant in a unique and individualized approach. Along with the live sessions at the launch and close of the program, the virtual learning aspect of the program will not only include online learning modules and webinars focused on leadership, organizational thinking and strategic decision making, but will also offer optional personal executive coaching session with Ms. Edmunds (This will be a separate fee and coordinated directly through ASU).

As part of the professional certificate completion, participants will be led through a personal learning experience, which culminates in a leadership project that they create and design. Design and implementation of the project will be led by ASU faculty in conjunction with the participant’s personal needs. At the culminating live session, participants will be able to present a personal leadership project to their cohort.

Overall Leadership Academy Goals

By the culmination of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the attributes of an authentic leader and how to personally define this concept for themselves
  • Characterize the fundamentals of leadership and how they are expressed in everyday activities
  • Develop a personal leadership definition
  • Create a framework for leadership effectiveness

Objectives will be achieved through group discussion, self-reflection tools and assessment, and hands-on learning experiences throughout the program.

Leadership Academy Details and CME Accreditation

The Leadership Academy consists of three parts. The first part of the Leadership Academy includes a one-day intensive at Arizona State University on November 6, 2017, offered as a pre-conference workshop to the Executive Leadership Conference for PAs. This one-day intensive will offer 6.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits toward the certificate. The one-day intensive may be taken independently of the full certificate program. However, we recommend full participation in the certificate program for maximum benefit for the participant.

Following the one-day intensive, participants will engage in the second part of the Leadership Academy, which consists of self-paced online modules and live webinars. The third and final part of the Leadership Academy is a half-day in-person workshop offered during AAPA Conference 2018. A total of 36 AAPA Category 1 CME credits will be granted for the online portion and the half-day workshop at AAPA Conference 2018. By participating in the entire Leadership Academy, participants can earn up to 42.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Additional details regarding the three parts of the Leadership Academy are described below.

Leadership Academy Part 1: ELC One-Day Intensive “Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Personal Journey” presented by Becky Edmunds

November 6, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
May be taken independently of full Leadership Academy.

Time Session Title/Description Speaker
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Welcome and Program Overview (Light breakfast will be served) Kristen Will, MHPE, PA-C
8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Becoming an Authentic Leader

  • What is an authentic leader and how do you define this concept for yourself?
  • Why does having a definition for yourself as a leader make a difference?
  • How will your leadership be expressed in your work as a PA?

Fundamentals of Leadership

  • The differentiating factor in leadership is self-awareness
  • Understanding yourself through the lens of a tool such as Firo-B; EQ assessment
  • Recognizing mindsets/mental models such as victim/player and knower/learner
  • A framework for leadership effectiveness – I, WE, IT
Becky Edmunds
12:00 -1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking (Provided)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Effective Communication Is Essential to Authenticity

  • Internal and external dialogue
  • Ladder of inference and the assumptions we make
  • Case study: a difficult conversation

Managing Change – Individually and Organizationally

  • Change and transition – what is the difference?
  • Transition: the psychological reaction to change
  • Personal or professional change that is happening for you
  • Where are you on the curve?
  • Developing greater resilience

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

  • Areas for greater learning and focus
    • Action planning on your journey
  • Discovering the leader in you: a model for understanding yourself as a leader
Becky Edmunds

Leadership Academy Part 2: Virtual Learning Portion

The virtual learning portion will be comprised of six online learning modules and three webinars. There will also be an optional personal one-hour executive coaching session with Becky Edmunds that can be scheduled for an incremental fee.

The online modules are coupled into two thematic areas, “Leading at Every Level” and “Healthcare Systems and Design.” Both are facilitated by ASU faculty and complement the instruction of the webinars, facilitated by Becky Edmunds. Online module descriptions are below.

“Leading at Every Level” Online Module Description (4 modules)
Whether at the bedside or within administration, healthcare professionals desire pathways to foster leadership skills. This course highlights leadership skills useful for healthcare professionals at all levels of an organization and provides both a system-level view of leadership and a personal development pathway for further growth and professional development.


  • Identify the components of effective leadership, especially in times of uncertainty and change
  • Develop a leadership skillset to effectively lead change and innovation within the healthcare environment
  • Examine the effects of values and ethics on personal and organizational leadership styles in order to implement best practices in leadership

“Healthcare Systems and Design” Online Module Description (2 modules)
The healthcare industry is dynamic and is changing rapidly. Healthcare leaders need to possess a deep understanding of how the healthcare system works and how the design is integrally bound to the science of delivery of patient care. This course will promote a strong foundation in system and organizational structure and will allow the healthcare professional to look at the healthcare industry from a system level in order to create and lead change within their healthcare organization.


  • Examine the U.S. healthcare system from multiple perspectives, including those of consumers, providers, payers, and policy makers
  • Understand the interdependencies among the various components of the healthcare system
  • Use systems thinking and tools to analyze and generate solutions to common health system problems to achieve better quality and cost outcomes
Session Title Session Type Session Date Faculty
Leading at Every Level, Module 1 Online November 15 Jack Gilbert, EdD
Leading at Every Level, Module 2 Online December 15 Jack Gilbert, EdD
Emotional Intelligence Webinar January TBD Becky Edmunds
Leading at Every Level, Module 3 Online January 15 Jack Gilbert, EdD
Leading at Every Level, Module 4 Online February 15 Jack Gilbert, EdD
Authentic Leadership Webinar March TBD Becky Edmunds
Healthcare Systems and Design, Module 1 Online March 15 Adrienne White
Healthcare Systems and Design, Module 2 Online April 15 Adrienne White
Leadership, the Next Steps Webinar April TBD Becky Edmunds
  • Webinars (approximately 1 hour per webinar) will be scheduled in the month reflected on schedule; they will take place live, but can be viewed by participants thereafter.
  • Online modules (5 hours per module) will be scheduled as above with additional time for participants to complete if needed.

Leadership Academy Part 3: Wrap-Up at AAPA Conference 2018

May 2018 (Exact date TBD)
New Orleans, LA

Time Title Speaker
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome Kristen Will, MHPE, PA-C
8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Emphasis on Leading a Team and Team Dynamics

  • The changing roles of teams in healthcare – PAs are key
  • Who is your team and how would you assess their impact to date? – Using a self-score team assessment
  • Impact, influence and inspiration
  • The dynamics of trust in teams: a model for trust – how we gain and how we inadvertently lose trust in the workplace
  • Shifting roles and structures in teams
Becky Edmunds
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Wrap-Up: Putting It All Together
Participant presentations for personal leadership projects
Kristen Will, MHPE, PA-C, Becky Edmunds & Jack Gilbert, EdD
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program Closing and Presentation of Certificates Kristen Will, MHPE, PA-C & Becky Edmunds

Executive Leadership Conference for PAs (15.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)

5 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 – 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Registration includes three continental breakfasts, two lunches, welcome reception, and online access to course materials. There is no single-day pricing for this course. This conference is open to PAs only.

AAPA Members

  • Early Bird Rate (before September 1): $729
  • Standard Rate (on or after September 1): $799


  • Early Bird Rate (before September 1): $999
  • Standard Rate (on or after September 1): $1,079

Here is a sample letter to request funding from your employer for ELC.

Optional Leadership Academy Add-Ons

ELC One-Day Intensive “Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Personal Journey” (6.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017

ELC participants have the option to attend a pre-conference workshop to launch the Leadership Academy for PAs certificate program. Participants who do not plan to pursue the formal certificate are still welcome and encouraged to attend the one-day intensive for CME credit and additional leadership and management training.

AAPA Members: $599
Nonmembers: $679

Six-Month Leadership Academy for PAs, including the ELC One-Day Intensive “Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Personal Journey” (42.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)
November 2017 – May 2018

Registration includes the ELC one-day intensive “Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Personal Journey,” online self-paced modules and live webinars after ELC, and a half-day workshop at AAPA Conference 2018. At the completion of this program, participants will be awarded AAPA Category 1 CME credit and a Professional Development Certificate in Leadership.

AAPA Members: $1,749
Nonmembers: $1,999

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • We give a 75 percent refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  • We give a 50 percent refund for cancellations received fewer than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  • We do not give refunds or credits for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar begins.
Attendee Info

On-site ELC Registration

Registration is open from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017. Registration re-opens Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. You only need to check in once at the on-site registration desk.

Accessing ELC Electronic Handouts

Please remember there is no paper syllabus for this course. Electronic handouts provided by conference faculty will be available under My Curriculum on AAPA’s Learning Central. To access the handouts:

1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact
2. Click the My Curriculum tab and select 2017 Executive Leadership Conference for PAs.
3. Click on the orange Select or Resume button on the top right of the page.
4. Navigate to the Activity Material section and click on the PDFs to open the session handouts.

Accessing the ELC Course Evaluation and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of a course evaluation is a prerequisite for a CME certificate. The ELC course evaluation/CME certificate will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central starting on Thursday, November 9, 2017. You will have until Friday, December 15, 2017 to complete the evaluation. Please use the following steps to complete the course evaluation and receive your CME certificate:

1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact
2. Click the My Curriculum tab and select 2017 Executive Leadership Conference for PAs.
3. Click on the orange Select or Resume button on the top right of the page.
4. Navigate to the Evaluation section and click on the Launch button to open and complete the survey.
5. View your certificate under My Transcript.

Note: If you are participating in the one-day intensive “Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Personal Journey,” you will receive a separate email from ASU with instructions on how to access the handouts for this part of the course. Information regarding the evaluation and CME certificate for the one-day intensive will be provided to attendees at a later date by ASU.

2017 Executive Leadership Conference Attendee Survey

The 2017 Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) Attendee Survey Report provides demographic information regarding the attendees, along with information regarding the leadership structure at the organizations at which the attendees are employed. The results of the survey are below.

Venue & Travel


The 2017 Executive Leadership Conference for PAs, including the ELC one-day intensive “Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Personal Journey,” will take place in the Arizona State University Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Hotel Accommodations

The Westin Phoenix Downtown, 333 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, is conveniently located only two blocks from the meeting venue.

The Westin Phoenix hotel room block is currently full. To be placed on a waiting list or for alternative room accommodations, please contact Mairi Ferguson at

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary 24-hour access to the hotel’s fitness center
  • Heated Pool

Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is 12 p.m. Reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a no-show fee equal to one night’s room and tax. All reservations and cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.


Flying? This hotel is only five miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided; however, there are inexpensive transportation options available, including Uber.

Driving? Parking at the conference venue is available at Arizona State University’s Center II Lot for $15.00 per day. The lot is located at Fillmore St. and Central
Ave. Valet parking is also available at the Westin Phoenix Downtown for $32 per day. For more information regarding directions and other parking options, click here.

Things to Do

Things to Do

You’re making the trip – why not stay a few extra days and check out some of Phoenix’s finest sites?

1. Camelback Mountain

The panoramic view from the “hump” of this iconic landmark, named for its resemblance to a kneeling camel, is worth scaling its two tricky trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla.

Hikers gain 1,200 feet in elevation to the summit, which looks out over the city and Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Camelback is one of the most popular urban hiking spots in Phoenix, so expect trail traffic and consider hiking on weekdays. During hot-weather months, hike in the early morning and drink plenty of water.

2. Desert Botanical Garden

The winding paths of this 50-acre desert garden showcase a fantastic variety of arid plants, from towering saguaros to delicate blooms.

3. Heard Museum

The tradition, culture and history of 22 regional American Indian tribes converge in the Heard Museum’s immersive exhibits and authentic art shop.

Through art and cultural objects, the museum’s ongoing exhibits tell the stories of native people of the Southwest, from early history to powerful memories of boarding schools. Current rotating exhibits include Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, featuring masterworks from the influential Mexican artists.

4. South Mountain Park and Preserve

Boasting 50 miles of trails through 16,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert, this municipal park is perfectly suited for outdoor adventure just minutes from the city.

The skyline views and Sonoran Desert flora aren’t the park’s only perks. Keep a lookout for ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks. If you’d rather drive than hike, bike or hoof it up the trails, hop on the 5.5-mile Summit Road up to Dobbins Lookout, the highest accessible point in the preserve.

5. Phoenix Art Museum

The Southwest’s largest fine art museum features a collection of contemporary work and global masterpieces. Complementing the museum’s galleries of fine art and objects from Asia, America, Europe and beyond are rotating exhibitions such as Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. Want to see the permanent collections for free (and the special exhibitions at a discount)? Visit Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. during voluntary donation time, or the second Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m. for Free Family Sundays.

For even more ideas, check out the Visit Phoenix website.

Where to Eat

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. For a highlight of some of the best places to grab a bite in Phoenix, see what the local food experts recommend.



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